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  1. Geant4 Publication Board and Web Pages Geant4 Review 9 November 2012 Dennis Wright (SLAC)

  2. Outline • Publication Policy and Procedures • Publication Board and its organization • Review and publication procedure • Publications in 2012 • Web pages • Current pages • Lessons learned • Plans 2

  3. Publication Policy • Text: • geant4.cern.ch/collaboration/Geant4CollabotationPublicationPolicy.pdf • Specifies what is, and what is not, a Geant4 publication • Defines authorship rules • Provides a process by which papers may be approved by the collaboration • Establishes the Publication Board • Defines responsibilities of Publication Board and reviewers 3

  4. Publication Board • Origin: • Created by Steering Board in August 2010 • Charge: • ensure quality, correctness, uniformity and timeliness of Geant4 publications • implement the Geant4 publication policy, covering journal and conference publications 4

  5. Publication Board Web Page • geant4.cern.ch/collaboration/pub_policy.shtml • Public page • Guidelines for submission, review and approval • things for reviewers to look for in paper • spells out review and approval process • Dispute resolution policy • appeal sequence: reviewers -> pub board -> steering board • Posting and tracking of publications • link to indico review page 5

  6. Pub Board Organization (1) • Membership • three members, chosen from Steering Board • each member serves a three-year term • terms are staggered by one year • chair of Pub Board is member with the longest tenure on the Board 6

  7. Pub Board Organization (2) • Duties • appoint review teams • determine appropriateness of paper, enforce publication policy • resolve conflicts • final approval of manuscripts before they are sent to journals/conferences • oversee the publication list • monitor review process and recommend changes to Steering Board • remind people of conference deadlines and of time required for review 7

  8. Review and Publication Procedure (1) • Draft submitted to Pub Board • Pub Board decides if paper satisfies Publication Policy • Pub board chooses at least three reviewers • Draft is posted on indico • first posting is under the “Review” category which is open only to authors, reviewers and pub board • Reviewers have two weeks to comment/propose changes • Based on edited manuscript, reviewers recommend rejection or acceptance to Pub Board 8

  9. Review and Publication Procedure (2) • Pub Board must also approve at this stage • if so, manuscript is copied to “Collaboration Comment” category which is open to all collaborators (but not public) • Collaboration members have one week to comment • Upon passing collaboration review, Pub Board informs authors that paper is approved and may be submitted to journal or proceedings • After publication, paper is entered into Geant4 publication list and made public 9

  10. Review Team Responsibilities • Ensure high quality of paper • correctness of contents • grammar and spelling • check references • Return comments to authors and pub board in a timely manner • Assist authors in gathering and addressing comments from the collaboration review • Make sure author list is correct and appropriate • If paper is returned from a refereed journal, assist authors in making changes 10

  11. 2012 Publications (conference proceedings) • Geant4 Electromagnetic Physics for High Statistics LHC Simulations • Andreas Schaelicke, Vladimir Ivantchenko • CHEP2012 presentation and proceedings • Roadmap for Geant4 • Makoto Asai • CHEP2012 presentation and proceedings • Recent Developments in Geant4 Hadronics • Julia Yarba • CHEP2012 presentation and proceedings • Creating and Improving Multi-threaded Geant4 • Xin Dong, Gene Cooperman, John Apostolakis, SverreJarp, Andrzej Nowak, Makoto Asai, Daniel Brandt • CHEP2012 presentation and proceedings 11

  12. 2012 Publications (conference proceedings) • Simulation of Light Antinucleus-nucleus Interactions • Aida Galoyan, Vladimir Uzhinsky • SSP2012 (5th Int. Symp. on Symmetries and Subatomic Physics, Groningen, NL. 12

  13. 2012 Publications (journals) • Calculation of Nucleus-nucleus Cross Sections in Geant4 • Vladimir Uzhinsky • arXiv:1111.4984v5[hep-ph], 29 August 2012 • New Standard Evaluated Neutron Cross Section Libraries for the Geant4 Code and First Validation • E. Mendoza, D. Cano-Ott, T. Koi, C. Guerrero • IAEA Nuclear Data Services, INDC(NDS) – 0612, April 2012 • Antinucleus Nucleus Cross Sections in Geant4 • V. Uzhinsky, J. Apostolakis, A. Galoyan, G. Folger, V.M. Grichine, V.N. Ivanchenko, D.H. Wright • Physics Letters B 705, p 235 13

  14. 2012 Publications (journals) • Geant4 Simulation of Electron Backscattering from Solid Targets • A. Lechner, V.N. Ivanchenko, L. Urban, M. Maire, O. Kadri • submitted to NIM, October 2011 14

  15. Current Geant4 Web Pages (1) • geant4.cern.ch • Steering Board requested in 2005 that input/design committee be formed to improve web pages • Based on committee’s recommendations, design team formed • Ruth McDunn (SLAC) • Gunter Folger (CERN) • Dennis Wright (SLAC) • Current web pages designed and implemented between 2005 and 2006 • content provided by many Geant4 members 15

  16. Current Geant4 Web Pages (2) • Goals for design team: • establish a uniform look and feel for all Geant4 online materials • make pages easy to read and navigate • make documents available in multiple formats (html, pdf, ps) • make system requiring minimal maintenance • be compatible with wide range of computing platforms of various ages 16

  17. Lessons Learned • Goals were met for the most part • significant improvement over pre-2006 web pages • Used shtml format for online documents • state of the art at the time • after six years need something more modern • Maintaining documents in three formats was time-consuming • Still a burden to keep web site up-to-date • more automation required • more developer participation required 17

  18. Going Forward • Time for re-design? • more flexibility, less maintenance required • administrative controls required to make sure online documentation is up-to-date and consistent • add some user metrics (hit-counters, etc.)? • make it easier to find information (start with a top-10 list?) • make developer access easier • Looking for other formats: • Drupal prototype version developed as a test • Confluence • Docbook (some documents already moved to this) • Create web page maintenance and development team 18